Best Instagram Hashtags for Travel Writers and Photographers

Best Instagram Hashtags for Travel Writers and Photographers

Instagram is one of the best social media platforms for sharing photos while traveling.  It’s also one of the most important platforms for travel photographers, bloggers and photographers to use to share photos. One of the keys to growing your account is the proper usage of hashtags. It’s the hashtags that allow photos to be seen by additional people not following you. This happens if someone clicks on a hashtag on a post and if your photo has been shared recently with the same hashtag. Keep reading to find the best Instagram hashtags for travel writers.

Have you ever wondered what the best travel hashtags for travel bloggers and writers are to use on Instagram? Our goal as travel writers is to grow our following and connect with our fans.  We also want to connect with other writers as well as marketing and pr, as well Instagrammers who just love to travel. Below are a few tips to help you grow your Instagram presence by using Hashtags.

Best Instagram Hashtags for Travel Writers

Tip 1: Where to Place Hashtags

Instagram is constantly changing and what works best is also ever-changing. While I used to place my #hashtags in the first comment for the photo (not in the post), I know suggest you add all your hashtags in your original post. The reason for this is how quickly Instagram is moving. If you wait even 30 seconds to copy and paste your hashtags into the comment, you could lose the time your post would sit at the top of the hashtag search results.

Click on the post below and you’ll get an even better idea of how the hashtags are positioned in the post when you view it on Instagram.

One of the highlights of my visit to Bhopal was the morning heritage tour with India City Walks. • • • Medieval Bhopal dates back to the 11th century. It is a city that was ruled by a series of Begum royal ladies. • • • It is a city of mosques. Our tour included a visit to Asia’s largest mosque as well many other heritage sites. • • • #IncredibleIndia #visitindia #MadhyaPradesh #MPTM2017 #bhopal #HeartOfIndia • • • . #exploringtheglobe #wanderlusting #worldwonder #ig_great_pics #getaway #worldbestshot_ig #adventure_time #adventureseeker #beautifulmoment #blogtravel #vacationlife #wanderluster #bd_features #dailytriphack #igs_world #inspiredtravels #wonderful_Places #worldbestshot_ig #quietthechaos #instavacation #passportlife #picoftheday #mustseeepic #tmom

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Want to know more about the how and why of hashtags? Please head over to Instagram Hashtags 101 for the lowdown on these crazy words and why we should use them.

Tip 2: How Many Hashtags to Use

The answer is 30. I know it seems like a lot, but hashtags will produce the most likes, comments and organic followers for your account. Below is an overview of some of the hashtags I like to use or think are useful.

Note: If you use more than 30 tags on a post your comment won’t post. If you post more than 30 tags in your main post, the tags won’t appear in search.

Tip 3: How to Store Hashtags

The last thing you want to do is type in your 30 tags each time you post a new photo. Create a list in an app you can access from your mobile phone such as Google Drive, Notes, Evernote or anything else you prefer. I have a folder specifically for hashtags and add a new page for each new location I visit. I also have a list for food, outdoors, adventure, etc.

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Tip 3: Hashtag Lists

To get you started, below are three types of hashtag lists you can begin to use in your posts.

Travel Focused Hashtags:

Have a handful of hashtags related to travel, travel writing, travel blogging or travel photography

#travelwriter #travel #instatravel #travelgram #tourism #instago #passportready #travelblogger #wanderlust #ilovetravel #writetotravel #instatravelling #instavacation #travelblogger #instapassport #postcardsfromtheworld #traveldeeper  #travelstroke #travelling #trip #traveltheworld #igtravel #getaway #travelblog #instago #travelpics #tourist #wanderer #wanderlust #travelphoto #travelingram #mytravelgram #visiting #travels #travelphotography  #tagsta_travel#beauty #amazing #arountheworld #tourist#solotravel  #instago #ig_worldclub #worldcaptures #tourism #worldplaces #worldingram #traveller #traveler #hotel #luxuryhotel

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Location Specific Hashtags:

Find the best Instagram hashtags for travel writers to use for the location the photo was taken. Here are some great ideas from Megan Kennedy @wanderlustmegan focusing on Vancouver, Canada

 #Vancouver #Stanleypark #englishbay #beautifulbc #explorebc #explorecanada #veryvancouver #mustbevancouver  #invcm #InstameetVancouver #greatnorthcollective #ShareYourNature #Canada #BritishColumbia #BC #instatravelling


General Hashtags

Using a few tags that are more general can place your posts in front of more Instagram users.

#motivation #lifestyle#desire #happiness #inspire #confidence#instagood #beautiful #great #greatday #instacool #instalike #livingthedream

If you enjoyed this post, please follow me on Instagram @52Perfectdays & you may also want to check out Top 6 Must-Do Tips For Using Instagram Hashtags

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Which Instagram travel hashtags have you’ve experienced success with? How many hashtags do you use?


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  1. Gemma Two Scots Abroad August 6, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Great post. We are seeing progress in our IG following but it has been the slowest of all of the social medium forums. I think that might be because I’m not willing to compromise it with spammy crap. Currently in BC and moving to Vancouver in September so a perfect example for us!

    • Shandos @ Travelnuity November 5, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      I know what you mean Gemma! I don’t like following people just to get more followers, unless I really like their photos.

      • alexa williams-meisler November 12, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

        You can be as aggressive as you want with the following. Another method is to follow accounts based on an account you like. For example, if you know of an IG account that isn’t following a lot of others and has great photos, they are probably following like accounts. Another method that would be more honed in! Let me know how it goes.

        • Niek October 15, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

          thanks for your tips

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  3. Elizabeth September 15, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Read this in prep for my Colorado trip next week. Extremely helpful. I’ll be tracking the analytics for growth on my IG account. Once again, you’re a great mentor!

    • alexa williams-meisler November 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Please check in and let me know how it goes! Love to hear an update!

  4. dannielle November 6, 2015 at 3:30 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for writing this, I’ve saved it and have been referring to it when I post new pics. Really trying to focus on Instagram now but it’s a slow climb! Do you tag other accounts too?

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  6. Shelly February 25, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Great tips! I still struggle with our Instagram following and hashtags. Making progress but slowly!

  7. Nikki February 25, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    This is such a useful post! Bookmarking it for future use! 🙂

  8. Cynthia February 25, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Thanks Alexa for the tips! I just started using Instagram and will keep your tips in mind!!

  9. Marta February 25, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

    This is SO useful, thank you! For a long time, I completely underestimated (=didn’t understand) the use of hashtags but even just after a couple of posts… wow, what a difference!

  10. Tonya February 25, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

    So I’m curious to learn why hashtags in the comments vs in the post. I use an autoscheduler to help keep me on track and like to copy and paste my hashtags in.

    • MarkDeafMcGuire April 28, 2016 at 4:54 am - Reply


      Hashtags in comments and posts are a way for the “feed” to organize all comments and posts by the topic. For example, while you might use #puertorico in your post, a commenter might as you specifically where in PR, you can respond #caborojos and others might chime in saying #ilovecaborojos. That’s organic reach.

      I admit I am still understanding these constantly evolving methods all the networks are using but it’s starting to become apparent that organizing posts and comments by tags are a means of being relevant to the topic.


      Thank you for the link. I agree hashtags are useful. I’m currently focusing on Twitter but am watching how hashtags are being used on all other social networks. It’s amazing but like every product/service/strategy, it’s a constant process.

      Looking forward to future updates on this.

  11. Jey Jetter February 25, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

    When I started using more hashtags and also applied the strategy of putting them into a comment instead of my posts, I immediately saw a difference in the organic followers…what a science 😉

  12. Rob Taylor February 25, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I always forget how much impact descriptors have, such as feelings or colors. General tags are great to get in front of new audiences.

  13. Tarah Vongbouthdy February 25, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    All great tips! We have found that finding some good hashtags really help the picture take off. It is nice to have a list of hashtags already saved somewhere on your phone.

  14. Ajay Sood February 26, 2016 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Thanks! Extremely useful!

  15. Menorca@EuropeDiaries February 26, 2016 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Thanks Alexa. Have read this one earlier and found it very helpful. Last May, I had only about 150 or 175 IG followers. In the last few months, I got introduced to quite a few tips and tricks and now I am close to 1100..slowly and steadily..hope that this year works out much better!

  16. Taylor February 26, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

    This is so helpful! Though I find the biggest struggle is finding hashtags for each location I go to.

  17. Heather February 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Good basic tips.

  18. Sabine February 26, 2016 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Instagram is a great medium, I love it. It’s a great place to showcase my travel photography. The hashtags are great to get your feed out there. I’ve been trying things out during the past months and a variation of hashtags in your photos is good, not using always the same ones.

  19. Leah February 27, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Really helpful thanks a lot! I’m a total newb to doing this as a career though I have traveled my whole life and really enjoy the community I am finding here.
    Much love and exciting travels!

  20. Renne Simpson February 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Sweet. You just gave me some ideas for some new hashtags to try out. I always maximize the 30 limit!

  21. THD March 1, 2016 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks Alexa great post and good insights too.

  22. Emmanuel April 25, 2016 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Comparing 2 photos i did took i Seychelles during my honeymoon. As a photographer i spent sometime creating beautiful images. I have used hashtags from this post. Harshtags in comments attract more likes and followers

  23. Joseph Graham May 18, 2016 at 6:41 am - Reply

    You are a life saver.I just got started using Instagram and this really helps my travel blog.

  24. Ferna September 22, 2016 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Oh wow..I stumbled upon on this site searching for the best hashtag on instagram. I’m planning to use those hashtags and hopefully can gain more followers.

    Thank you for this. All the best!

  25. Sara Broers September 25, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I love Instagram and appreciate your helpful post! Hashtags do make a huge difference, thanks for reminding me of how important they are.

  26. Robert October 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Some great hashtag ideas for us travel bloggers. Thanks for taking the time to put this together! 🙂

  27. Aven December 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    My goal is to cross network, but only relative followers, if someone follows TravelStlyeNews If they had good photos or vids then, yes Ill follow them back and start engaging, it takes a lot of time , but the fact they followed me allows me to notice them! Also I encourage followers to #travelstylenews so that I can network with other bloggers. But I do not follow blindly!

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  29. Sandeep Jethwa February 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Nice article to find the hashtags for posting.

  30. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) February 18, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Just to add to Tip #1: Research hashtags using the Search function; it will tell you how many posts use that hashtag. Experiment to find hashtags that work for you. Example: #ig_worldclub (included in the list) has about 5.7M posts, but #igworldclub has more than 6.5M. A more extreme example: #igeurope is used about 155K times, while #ig_europe shows up more than 6M times! That’s a lot more competition, but also a lot more eyeballs.

  31. Kelly March 26, 2017 at 4:25 am - Reply

    When you use so many hashtags, how can you tell which hashtag is effective? Just curious. Also, why should we put the hashtags in the comment section instead of the description? Thanks.

  32. Jessica Pizarro March 31, 2017 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Thank you for share your knowledge! I follow you on Instagram already! 🙂

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  34. Rina April 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    This is very helpful!!!
    I´d like also to share some well working hashags, they are not so popular, but that is why they are good working, your posts stays in view for a longer time.
    #WorldCaptures #LiveTravelFly #LoveTheWorld #BeautifulDestinations #PassionPassport #TravelStoke #TravelAwesome #WorldPlaces #MeetTheWorld #AweSupply

  35. Adi July 22, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Nice Article

  36. Rajat Kumar November 11, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

    These hashtags are just amazing and the search volume on them is mind blowing

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  38. May 3, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    So basically I put hashtags in the description? 😀

  39. Turkey Travel May 18, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the post. I like it

  40. Brandler July 3, 2018 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing these hashtags they are jyst amazing and the search volume is wow

  41. Holiday House Management Central Coast November 26, 2018 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Great tips! Thanks for this comprehensive resource. Searching for these ideas let alone coming up with them is incredibly difficult, but your experiences sound amazing.

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